For immediate release
December 3, 2012

Foley & Lardner LLP joins as Gold Founding Member

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Foley & Lardner LLP, Wisconsin’s oldest law firm, has joined the Chamber as its first Gold Founding Member.

“We are excited to welcome Foley & Lardner as a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce,” says Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Foley & Lardner understands the importance of being an inclusive and supportive work environment, and they know the value that LGBT employees bring to their firm.”

“Foley & Lardner is proud to be a Founding Member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce,” says Linda Benfield, Managing Partner of the firm’s Milwaukee office. “We are deeply committed to the LGBT community and have a long track record of supporting our LGBT colleagues, including their appointment to key leadership roles within the Firm, the allocation of Firm resources to support gay rights issues on a pro bono basis, the extension of domestic partner benefits and the support of the Firm's national LGBT affinity group. To be a part of this organization at its inception is an honor.”

Foley & Lardner LLP was founded in 1842 and has 2,181 employees worldwide and 726 in Wisconsin. Foley combines powerful national resources with a local focus to deliver seamless and award-winning business and legal insight. Their exceptional client service, value, and innovation are continually recognized by their clients and the legal industry.

“The LGBT Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to working with Foley & Lardner as we grow the LGBT business community in our great state,” says Rae.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, professionals and individuals throughout the state of Wisconsin. It offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community and educational programming to its members.

Membership information can be found online at: www.wislgbtchamber.com.

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